has always held a lot of promise with their Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) offerings. They never seemed to gain a lot of traction in the market, but perhaps that's because they were a few years ahead of the market. I believe that now the time for FMC has come and it looks like Counterpath, provider of the popular X-Lite SIP softphone
, acquisition of Bridgeport Networks could be a nice addition to their VoIP portfolio. Counterpath obviously sees the mobile phone space as a huge opportunity for their VoIP products. This will be an interesting acquisition to watch.
Full release after the jump...
CounterPath Corporation (OTCBB: COPA), a leading provider of desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions, today announced that it has acquired BridgePort Networks, Inc., a leading innovator in Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions for service providers. The addition of carrier-class FMC solutions to its VoIP softphone and enterprise offerings immediately broadens the company's market reach. Fixed and mobile service providers gain a competitive advantage by offering CounterPath's integrated voice, video, messaging and presence-based services for consumers and enterprises on virtually any mobile and SIP-enabled device. The acquisition firmly establishes CounterPath as a provider of innovative FMC solutions and an early leader in the growing mobile VoIP solution space.
"We are rapidly executing on the new strategy and vision that started with our acquisition of NewHeights Software, that is, to transform CounterPath from a leading desktop softphone company to an innovative 'one stop shop' VoIP solutions company," said Greg Pelling, Chief Executive Officer of CounterPath. "Our acquisition of BridgePort Networks builds on the value of our most recent acquisition of FirstHand Technologies, a leader in Enterprise FMC. By adding BridgePort's unique carrier-class FMC offerings, we now become the industry innovation leader for service providers, enterprises, small and medium businesses and consumers as the only company offering a tailored platform that seamlessly bridges voice, text messaging, multimedia, video and presence-based applications between virtually any networks - fixed or mobile. Our management team's unique approach to successfully identify, acquire and integrate companies allows us to rapidly execute on CounterPath's strategy and increase shareholder value while establishing ourselves as a trusted innovator to our growing list of strategic clients."
BridgePort Networks is a leader in providing mobile convergence enabling IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and pre-IMS applications for a variety of service providers. The company's Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) open standards-based approach creates a seamless union between mobile and broadband networks, allowing users to benefit from numerous advantages such as single number identity regardless of the network they use. BridgePort's innovative products include the MobileSTICK(TM) solution which transforms personal computers into voice, SMS, Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS) and video terminals for integrated broadband and mobile carrier services, leveraging standards-based VoIP and SIP technology. The company's products, which also include the NomadicONE(TM) Network Convergence Gateway (NCG) and NomadicONE IMS Convergence Server (ICS), are backed by eighteen patents either pending or granted. Since 2002, over $50 million has been invested in the development and initial marketing of BridgePort's intellectual property assets.
Highlights of Benefits for CounterPath
- Immediately enables CounterPath to offer proven voice, text messaging, multimedia and presence-based applications between broadband and mobile networks.
- Positions CounterPath as a solutions-based company combining its proprietary softphone technologies with its core-server technologies.
- Expands CounterPath's pre-IMS and IMS product portfolio to include mobile products and solutions which have been successfully deployed and are integrated with the company's existing products.
- Broadens CounterPath's patent portfolio with eighteen additional patents pending or granted.
- Adds engineering personnel with skill sets in SS7, IMS, SIP and networking who will continue to focus on building FMC solutions for service providers.